Our trustees are responsible for legal, financial and personnel aspects of the organisation, and for deciding on policies and strategies. Trustees of Age UK Croydon form part of the volunteer body.
As a company limited by guarantee we submit reports to Companies House, and as a charity we must comply with the regulations of the Charity Commissioners. These two bodies call the organisation to account in financial and management terms to ensure that appropriate work is carried out.
An Annual Report is prepared for our Annual General Meeting each year, setting out the activities of the organisation and the audited balance sheet for the year.
- Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Member of Governance & Nominations Committee
15 years experience in mainly national health charities.
Currently, Sam is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK. She leads the political strategy and influencing function of the charity to bring about faster, more accurate diagnosis and access to new treatments.
Sam has also worked for Alzheimer’s Society, Breast Cancer Now and Rethink Mental Illness in Senior Leadership roles.
She worked in the campaigns team at Age UK for 7 years influencing on a range of issues: the Equality Act, the Care Act and wider social care reform; malnutrition, footcare, and access to information and advice services.
At Age UK, Sam was also the Shop Steward of the trade union involved in negotiating terms and conditions for employees post-merger including restructures, office moves and HR policies.
- BSc in Environmental Policy
Sam is a local resident in Croydon, and in her spare time she is an avid baker and sometime runner of 10ks and half marathons
- Member of Finance Committee
- BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
- Chartered Management Accountant
15 years of experience as an accountant.
Oumesh started his practice 12 years ago as a Chartered Management Accountant in Croydon. Prior to that Oumesh did his training with accountancy firms in South London.
His practice provides accountancy and tax services to micro and small businesses in Croydon and South London.
Oumesh was born in Mauritius and went to University in Wolverhampton before moving to London. His hobbies include reading, cooking, football, formula 1 and technology advances.
- Member of the Board of Trustees
- Chair Governance & Nominations Committee
- MA Business & Public Sector Strategy
35 years' experience working in Health and Social Care, including Director level appointments.
In recent years, Brenda has worked for a number of London Local Authorities and the NHS, including in Croydon, where her work focused on developing integrated care services with local people which aim to improve their health and well-being. Throughout her career, a particular area of interest has been understanding different organisational cultures and strengthening relationships between professional groups which enable people to identify common ground and solutions to entrenched problems. Most recently, she has been working on improvements to patient experience and discharge planning at one of our London hospitals.
Brenda has had a long-term interest in end of life care issues from her time at Trinity Hospice in the 1980s. In recent years, she has contributed to policy development through the National Board for Palliative and End of Life Care, and has been a member of the London End of Lifecare Network since 2013.
Brenda was born in Deptford where she still lives. She is a Trustee of Lewisham Choral Society and is currently chair - trying to sustain members' motivation during Lockdown when both singing and gathering together are strictly off-limits. Not an easy task!
- Member of Governance & Nominations Committee
38 years experience in management roles, working in the civil service and in health regulation. Roles have included operational management, project management, internal consultancy and policy development.
Before becoming an AUKC trustee Alan was a primary school governor in Croydon for 16 years, including 8 years chairing governing boards.
Originally from Devon Alan has lived in Croydon since 1988. In his spare time Alan is a keen sports fan (cricket, football and rugby in particular) and enjoys walking and reading (though not at the same time) and the cinema.
He also mentors students at his former university to help them think through career options.
Since graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2013 with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies BA Hons Rebecca has had a vast amount of experience within the fundraising - charity sector in and outside of her professional career. As well as volunteering she has worked at charities such as Parkinson’s UK, the British Heart Foundation, the Stroke Association, and most recently as senior fundraising associate at Comic Relief.
Rebecca also founded Pamperaid at the beginning of this year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a non-profit Community Interest Company Pamperaid supports the mental health and wellbeing of UK Causes such as NHS, care teams, community groups and charities by providing pamper care boxes with the support of businesses and brands across the country and this continues to grow.
Rebecca grew up in South East London, As well as a love for the arts and theatre Rebecca enjoys cooking and baking and continues to volunteer where she can.
- Member of Finance Committees
Katie is currently General Manager at ENT UK; ENT UK is the professional membership body representing Ear, Nose and Throat surgery, as well as its related specialities, in the United Kingdom.
Katie spent four years leading the corporate team at Coast to Capital to deliver its communications, stakeholder engagement, governance and corporate services including HR and finance. Prior to joining Coast to Capital in June 2017, Katie led a team of trade association managers, technical experts, communications, events and administration support staff to deliver full secretariat services to five trade associations in the construction sector in her role as Trade Association Director at Build UK. This followed a career working both in and with Government and membership organisations to deliver change in policy, legislation and industry practice.
- BSc Economics
Katie currently lives in Haywards Heath with her partner. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, in particular open water swimming in the sea.
Opama is the Head of Digital Place at Croydon Council. Her role is to enhance the borough through digital innovation, technology and infrastructure improvements to create a more efficient, sustainable place.
Opama leads the digital connectivity and smart city programme in Croydon, supports growth and investment into Croydon’s tech sector as well as digital skills education and inclusion support for residents.
Opama’s career has spanned corporate finance, management consultancy and investment management within the international corporate real estate sector, as well as inward investment and economic development.
Join our Team of Trustees
There are times when we require new members of the board - please see the Volunteering section of this website to find out if we are currently recruiting.
Elections are held annually in the Autumn at the Annual General Meeting. You will be especially welcome if you have marketing, fundraising, PR or IT skills; if you represent the interests of a minority ethnic group, or have the interests of older people at heart.
If you are interested in joining the board as a trustee, please contact:
Age UK Croydon 81 Brigstock Road Thornton Heath CR7 7JH
Tel: 020 8686 0066